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You’re an instagram master, right? You’ve got tons of amazing pictures just waiting to be loved by your adoring fans. We know..    What  if  we  told  you  that  you  could  take  it  a  step  further  and  use  your  amazing  Instagram  designs  to  create  your  own   fabric  so  you        could  show  it  off  anytime  in  the  form  of  a  bag,  skirt  or  even  a  dress.    It’s  true!    Would  we  lie  to  you??    

   First,  you  need  to  pick  out  a  few  of  your  favorite  instagram  shots.        It’s  best  not  to  select  too  detailed  a  picture.          Keep  in  mind,  this  is  going  to  be  a  fabric  design.        The  Picture  we’ve  selected  to  the  left  is  a  close  up  of  some  tissue      paper  flowers.    It  has  great  abstract  detail  for  fabric  design.        Next,  we  uploaded  the  picture  to    This  is  a  great        (and  free)  online  tool  that  you  can  use  for  photo  editing.    For  a        measly  $4.99  you  can  upgrade  to  use  even  more  cool  filters  and        fonts.           .    


        Use  the  color  adjustment  tools,  the  filters,  the  overlays  and   play  with  your  picture  until  you  get  something  that  is  visually  appealing.       We   used   posterize   on   this   picture   and   then   played   with   the   fade   and   detail  until  we  got  it  to  look  like  the  picture  on  the  left.       Once  you  have  the  image  the  way  you  like  it,  save  it  to  your     computer.    Head  on  over  to,  an  amazing  site   that  lets  you  design  and  order  (or  sell!)  your  own  fabric  design.  

If you  don’t  have  a  spoonflower  account,  you  will  need  to  open  one  in  order  to  save   your  images  to  your  gallery.    Fortunately,  you  can   simply  log  on  using  your  facebook  account  and  voila!    All  done.    

 Now  that  your  account  is  all  set,  the  next  thing  you  want    to  do  is  upload  your  picture  into  your  photo  gallery.    Once  it’s   there,  you        can  do  all  sorts  of  fun  things  to  manipulate  it  into  the  fabric  you  want!    Here  are  a  few  tips  on  navigating  your  way   through:     ♥ Fabric  Gallery  –  This  is  where  your  uploaded  images  and  will  appear.   ♥ Medium  Options  –  Here,  you  will  be  able  to  select  the  type  of  medium  you  would  like  your  pattern   printed  on   ♥ Pattern  Selections  –  We  used  mirror  for  the  cool  kaleidoscope  effect!   ♥ Fabric  Selections  –  Choose  your  material  type  and  amount   ♥ Tool  Box  –  This  is  where  you  can  make  changes,  download,  delete  or  edit  your  picture        That’s  it!    Once  you’ve  finished,  you  can  order  a  swatch  (or  a  bunch)  and  either  put  your  fabric  up  for  sale  or  keep  it  all   to  yourself.  

Have fun!  

Tutorial: Vintage Lace Upcycled into Earring Organizer by Jeri Burtchell Who doesn’t love vintage lace? I have a passion for upcycling discarded or damaged things from long ago. I like to repurpose them into brand new functional elements that will get used and adored. In this tutorial the only tools you’ll need are a glue gun and a pair of scissors.

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Embroidery Hoop - you can use any size hoop, but whatever you select will dictate the amounts for the rest of the materials. Vintage Lace - Pieces that are otherwise stained or have holes are an excellent choice for this project. All you need is an undamaged portion large enough to fit your embroidery hoop. Lace Trim - Enough to circle your hoop’s edge with a little overage for tucking the ends. Length of Ribbon - enough to tie a bow and leave a loop for hanging. Length depends on personal taste. Glue Gun - Mini glue gun used 1.5 glue sticks for this project Broken Necklace (not shown above) - Long enough to circle the rim of embroidery hoop Scissors


1. Select the area of your lace to use for your project. I like to move the hoop around to get the most interesting section framed in the circle. 2. Secure the embroidery hoop tightly. If you have a preference for how your lace pattern is displayed, remember that the hoop screw is going to be centered at the top of your finished project. 3. Trim away excess lace fabric so that you have a quarter inch sticking past your hoop frame in the back. You can tack this in place with dots of glue around the edge, but it’s not necessary if you’ve tightened the hoop sufficiently.

4. Next, grab your lace trim. Don’t cut it yet. Tuck ½” of the trim under to make a clean edge and start from the hoop’s screwed opening. Place a dot of glue there and press your folded under edge of trim into the glue, lining up the flat edge of your lace trim with the inside edge of the hoop. 5. Lay down a thin layer of glue in 3” sections and press the lace trim into place as you go, following the path of the inner edge of the hoop. 6. Stop about 1” before you reach the end of the circle. Trim the lace with ½” extra, then tuck the ½” and glue into place.

7. Go around the edge again, laying down 3” of glue and pressing your string of broken necklace into place (TIP: If possible, leaving it strung makes easy work of bead handling).

8. Before you cut your ribbon, thread it under the screw clamp and tie a bow. You can tie this as many times as you like until you have the bow / loop combo that you find most appealing.

9. When satisfied with the way it looks, cut the ribbon.

10. Hang your earrings, then hang on the wall.

Jeri blogs at and sells her lovely purses at

Product photography  Tips:    Composition     There  are  no  rules  in  photography,  only  guidelines.    Here,  I  will  share  with  you   some  guidelines  that  will  help  in  creating  a  good  photo.       1) Rule  of  thirds   The  rule  of  thirds  is  fundamental  to  photography.    If  you  have  taken  any   photography  courses  or  read  photography  magazines,  you  would  have  come   across  this.    This  guideline  is  based  on  the  idea  that  our  eyes  are  naturally   drawn  to  object  that  is  about  two-­‐thirds  from  the  edge  of  a  picture.  

  Let’s  imagine  a  box  with  nine  grids.    Now,  breakdown  your  image  into  nine   smaller  boxes  based  on  the  grids,  three  on  top,  three  in  the  middle  and  three  at   the  bottom.    The  rule  of  thirds  states  that  the  focus  of  the  image  has  to  be  about   two-­‐thirds  from  the  edge  of  the  picture,  which  is  represented  by  the  blue  crosses   in  this  image.    Note  how  I  have  placed  the  top  of  the  vase  2/3  from  the  bottom  of   the  picture.         Using  the  rule  of  thirds  in  product  photography  is  pretty  straightforward   because  there  is  only  one  item  that  you  want  your  buyer  to  focus  on.      However,   when  you  need  to  showcase  your  products,  it  may  get  a  little  complicated.    This   is  where  simplicity  matters.                

2) Simplicity Simplicity  of  the  composition  is  one  of  the  keys  to  draw  the  buyer’s  eyes  to   your  product.           For  e.g.  in  this  image,  the  buyer’s  eyes  are  immediately  drawn  to  three  products.       The  buyer  will  not  be  able  to  know  which  product  you  are  selling.    Is  it  the  vase?     Is  it  the  tea  towel?  Or  the  bowls?  

By  removing  the  vase  and  the  tea  towel,  the  viewers  are  immediately  drawn  to   the  bowls.      

3) The Diagonal  rule   This  is  the  easiest  of  the  three  guidelines  mentioned  in  this  tutorial.         Arranging  products  diagonal  to  each  other  helps  draw  the  viewer’s  eyes  to  the   main  focus  of  the  image,  which  is  your  product.    Not  only  that,  diagonal   arrangement  adds  depth  and  suggests  perspective  to  the  image.        

      That’s  all  from  me  in  this  issue.    I  hope  you  will  find  these  guidelines  useful  when   photographing  your  products.    But  remember,  rules  are  meant  to  be  broken,  so   follow  your  heart,  and  enjoy  the  process!         I  am  a  travel  and  fine  art  photographer  living  in  Singapore.    I  am  also  the  owner  of   AngsanaSeeds  Photography  (    AngsanaSeeds   Photography  is  about  a  journey  of  discovery.  Through  photography  of  nature,   landscape,  and  black  and  white  montage  during  my  travel,  I  hope  to  share  the   beauty  of  God's  creation  and  our  interaction  with  the  world  that  He  has  created  for   us.    

MATERIALS: J. & P. COATS "KNIT-CRO-SHEEN," Art. A.64: 1 ball of No. 70 Blue Jewel ... A few yards of No. 12 Black ... Milwards Steel Crochet Hook No. 7 ... A piece of yellow felt ... A bone ring. Starting at top of Cage with Blue Jewel, ch 2. 1st row: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.

2nd row: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Ch 1, turn. 3rd to 24th rows incl: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each sc across, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. 25th and 26th rows: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. 27th row: Dec 1 sc —to dec 1 sc, work off 2 sc as 1 sc— sc in each sc across to within last 2 sc, dec 1 sc. Ch 1, turn. Repeat last 3 rows until 25 sc remain on last row. Break off. Attach Black and sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc across. Break off. Cut out felt bird, pin in place. BAR (Make 4) ... Cut 3 strands of Black about 10 inches long. Sew in place over Bird to shape top and bot-tom of Cage. Embroider bird's eye, feet and stick with Black, embroider bill with a scrap of Flamingo. With Black make a chain to reach across widest part of Cage, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Break off. Sew in place. Cut 3 strands of Black to reach around outer edge of Cage. Sew in place as before. Make another piece the same way. Add quilt batting between pieces. With Black sc closely around bone ring. Join and break off. Sew to top of Cage.

    Vintage  crochet  pattern  courtesy  of  

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